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11:56 18th January 2014

Jackett pleased with squad progress

Kenny Jackett has praised the Wolves Board for continuing to back his gradual transition of the squad at his disposal.

The Head Coach was brought in to help produce a major turnaround of a squad which had suffered successive relegations, and has both dealt with that and helped the team to third in the Sky Bet League One table in the thick of the race for automatic promotion.

He has done so on the back of some impressive signings, with this week’s arrival Nouha Dicko aiming to follow in the footsteps of skipper Samuel Ricketts, Kevin McDonald, Scott Golbourne, James Henry and Michael Jacobs.

“We’ve looked around at a number of players and targets,” says Jackett.

“It’s not a situation where we’re waiting on one person.

“And, as well as that, if we can bring in the type of quality we want then fine, but if we can’t find that at the right price then whether it’s the end of the window or not, we won’t add.

“We will carry on with the very good players we’ve got.

“We’ll only add either a complement or someone who, in our consideration, considerably better.

“It’s an excellent show of commitment and if I’m looking at the signings made so far, from Sam Ricketts, Scott Golbourne, Kevin McDonald, James Henry, Michael Jacobs and Nouha Dicko, they have come in pretty steadily and given us a freshness and quality and a complement to what we have already.

“They have come in across the field and the Board have helped in every single department we’ve needed and those players have so far shown well.

“But it’s a very good show of backing from the Board to keep wanting to keep improving the team.

“And they want to keep bringing fresh enthusiasm into the side as well at a club where a high number of people have been here for a long time.

“In the first half of the season it shows fantastic backing.”

All of the signings have joined Wolves from a club from a higher level, with the exception of McDonald, who has previously played in the Barclays Premier League.

Jackett believes it is the potential on show at Molineux which helps persuade the new arrivals to agree to move to League One.

He adds:  “I think the profile of Wolves is of a higher level and the attraction of people coming to the club isn’t necessarily that they’re playing in League One, but that the potential of the club is they could go back up and they could compete again over the next few years.

“That’s a big attraction and when you see the facilities and see where the club has been in very recent times, and then the potential is there for it to go back there again if we get it right.

“It is refreshing and in terms of not bringing in three, four or five players at any one time but gradually adding one along the way is the right way.

“Sometimes it’s tough when you have a big turnover of players.

“But to be prudent and then continually add one at a time and almost dripfeed players into a squad to improve it with quality, enthusiasm and a complement is something I believe in and I’m thankful to the board for their backing.

“There had to be a transition in the summer and then it’s a matter of how quickly that transition can be implemented.

“I talked about it being as quick as possible because I’ve seen clubs of this size stay around this division for two or three years.

“The reason they do is because most of their troubles are internal, with no disrespect to the opposition.

“And so the transition in many cases had to be as quick as it possibly can make it to hit the ground running.

“Now with 20 games left, we’re in a good position; we’re not in the top two which is something we want to be.

“But we’re within touching distance and we have enough points.

“If we get the equation right on the field, we can continue our progress and get where we want to be, which is back in the Championship at the first attempt.

“We’re not far away; we’ve been in and competed in every game this season which is a big thing.

“But I’m also aware that the points total for the top two is going to be very high so we’re going to have to keep that foot firmly on the accelerator.” 

With the postponement of today’s game at Crawley due to a waterlogged pitch, Wolves are next in action a week today at home to Bristol City (3pm).

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